DIY Window Installation Troubleshooting in West Springfield, MA
Your satisfaction with your Pella windows and doors is our highest priority. Should you have a problem with your Pella product that you suspect could be related to the window’s installation, taking the following steps could help determine if the product is installed level, square and plumb.
First, get a level and set it on the frame of the product, across the bottom or sill. Do not set it on the sashes or panels of the product as it may not give an accurate reading. The bubble of your level should settle in the center, signifying the product is installed level.
Next, examine plumb of your window or door. Plumb means the window or door is straight down or up, vertically. To examine for plumb, put your level on the two vertical side jambs on the exterior face to ensure the product is plumb from the inside out. Then, you’ll check for plumb from left to right by placing the level on each side. The bubble should fall in the center on both sides, indicating the product is installed plumb.
Third, you can look for bowing by measuring the unit horizontally across the top, middle and bottom. The measurements of each of the three places should all be equal, plus or minus one eighth of an inch. It’s critical to always measure to and from the same point on both sides for consistency. Lastly, determind if your window or door is square by measuring from one corner to the other in an X fashion on the outside of the product. The measurements should be within 1/8 inch of each other, indicating the product is installed square.
You may also examine the reveal, where the sash meets the frame. The gap should have the same look from top to bottom and left to right. Each side of your product should appear the same, demonstrating the product is installed level, square, and plumb.
Taking the time to do a little troubleshooting on your own can offer helpful information to solve a problem. If you find that you have run in to one, or even a couple, of these issues, come by the Pella Window and Door Showroom in West Springfield or give us a call at (413) 561-7599.